Soberanes Fire Smolders Big Sur Tourism

Aug 3, 2016
Erika Mahoney

Tourism is Big Sur’s only industry and summer is peak season. Since the Soberanes Fire started nearly two weeks ago, businesses have stayed open, but tourist traffic has slowed to a crawl.

Krista Almanzan

Fire investigators say an unattended, illegal campfire is the cause behind the Soberanes Fire.  It started on Friday, July 22nd around 8:45a.m. in Garrapata State Park just south of Carmel Highlands.

Krista Almanzan

A drive down Palo Colorado road starts out still lush and green. The road  shaded by towering trees.  About three miles in, firefighters are mopping up a hillside. 

Krista Almanzan

The Soberanes Fire is now nearly 34,000 acres and 15% contained.  As the fire continues to grow, it’s also slowly moving to the south and the east toward the Los Padres National Forest.

Doug McKnight

The Big Sur community gathered in an outdoor amphitheater on Wednesday night.  They sat surrounded by towering trees at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  The beautiful scenery stood in stark contrast to the destruction of the fire not so far away.